The world famous Crawfish Festival began in 1960 as a spin-off of the Breaux Bridge Centennial Celebration. The Louisiana Legislature had just named Breaux Bridge the Crawfish Capital of the World in 1959. The festival is now known around the country and even the world. Every May, thousands of hungry people flock to Breaux Bridge to be part of the festivities and feast on Crawfish cooked every way imaginable - fried, boiled, in an étouffée, bisque, boudin, pie or jambalaya, and crawdogs - along with other Cajun favorites (shrimp, crab, gumbo, red beans and rice, just to name a few).
The Crawfish Festival has also become one of the largest gatherings of world famous Cajun musicians. All weekend long you can hear the sound of authentic Cajun, Zydeco and Swamp Pop music rising from the festival. Whether your musical taste is Cajun or Creole, you can witness over 30 bands perform over the three day event if you think you have the stamina. It's a perfect opportunity to see our musical tradition passed from generation to generation. Watch the Cajun dance contests, and if you're brave, join in. There's no better way to learn. There are even Cajun music workshops held in the heritage tent.
As the Crawfish Race Commissioner yells “ils sont partis”, our world famous race of the crawfish begins! Numbered crawfish race to the finish line with skillful aid from their registered owners on an eight-foot circular target. This race is open to all and a joy to watch.
The Crawfish Etouffee Cookoff is an epicurean event which features cooking teams who vie for the title of Cook-off Champion. Truly a gourmet’s delight, this contest is also noted for showmanship displayed by the contestants. Samples are available once the judging is complete.
The Crawfish eating contest is measured by the weight of boiled crawfish consumed within forty-five minutes. Contestants must display dexterity in obtaining the meat from the crawfish as well as a healthy appetite. The Crawfish Eating record is 55 & 3/4 lbs.
The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival Association is a volunteer organization with a Board of Directors who oversee the annual festival. Their mission is to promote the crawfish industry in Louisiana and the culture of Cajun Country.
The BBCFA has to-date contributed over $500,000 to civic organizations and city improvements. Yearly, we allocate mini-grants funds to the local Breaux Bridge Schools and provide Scholarships to the local high schools as well as our Past Queen’s Scholarship. Besides monetary contributions, the BBCFA Board of Directors gladly volunteer their time as well to these many functions.
The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival is a past multiple recipient of the LAFF Festival of the Year Division II as well as receiving numerous awards in marketing (poster, tshirt, brochure, pin). The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival has also been named a Top 20 Event by the STS Society. CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, The Food Channel, PBS and numerous other individual filmmakers have all done documentaries on our festival. We have been featured in Maxim Magazine, Southern Living, National Geographic, The New York Times, Country Cooking, Motorhome Living, and Better Homes and Garden publications. The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival was named a Top 10 Food Festival by USA Today.